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Thinking through Halloween

Here in Sweden Halloween isn’t a big deal but it’s getting bigger as shops cash in. But wherever Halloween is present in the culture it poses a few problems for Christians and families in particular. My friend Mark Powley (Associate Rector at St Georges Leeds & author of Consumer Detox: Less Stuff, More Life) has kindly written a few answers to some common questions to help us think things through. 1: Is participating in a Halloween-themed activity like attending a demonic feast or is it more like eating food offered…

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Book Review: Tyndale

Prior to reading this biography of William Tyndale I knew very little about him and now he enters the ranks as one of my heroes of the faith. It is an odd twist of history that Tyndale is so relatively unknown given his immense contribution to the English language and the reformation in England. As the first translator of the Bible into English (and yes I do know about Wycliffe) every English Bible I own owes a huge debt to Tyndale, they are all his descendants. Not only that but my…

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Not proof of heaven

You may have read recently of the latest account of a near-death experience. It is the latest in the long line of accounts from small boys going to heaven and others having visions of heaven or hell. These stories are all offered as proof of life after death. Frankly, I couldn’t care less. These tales have been phenomenally popular often topping best-seller lists and that at least is proof of something. Proof, perhaps, that despite the decline in commitment to creeds or church there are many people not yet willing to…

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Book review: Multiplying missional leaders

Over the past few years I’ve read an increasing number of books from the ‘missional’ tribe of the church. The latest is Multiplying Missional Leaders by Mike Breen. The raising up of leaders is a constant issue for most church leaders that I’ve ever met (myself included) and so most are always willing to read and engage with new ideas on how to do that. There’s the usual dissatisfaction with the rate of progress and development of the current crop. But no need to fear, Mike Breen to the rescue. All you…

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To Turkey

Today we’re off to Turkey – it’s a mix of global leaders conference and family holiday. I was describing the situation to a few friends a couple of days ago and I said, “We get to listen to Terry Virgo, Bob Roberts and others preach. We get to eat and pray together and spend time in the presence of the Lord. I can hardly call that work.” I forget all too easily that time in the presence of the Lord is not a chore, it is not the first on…

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Scandinavian Day: Momentum for mission

As a church family Newfrontiers barely exists in northern Europe and the wider church is retreating in the face of an advancing secularism. However in recent times there have been some positive developments that offer hope for the future. In the last five years we have seen church plants get underway in St Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga, Gdansk, Malmö, Lillestrom and Stockholm to add to existing churches in Copenhagen and Rockneby. Next year we can add Helsinki to that list. Getting the first people on the ground in all these cities…

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Book review: The Meeting of the Waters

Fritz Kling is a well-travelled man working with many mission agencies around the world. He’s also a thoughtful observer of what he’s found. In The Meeting of the Waters: 7 Global currents that will propel the future church Kling articulates those observations. Kling introduces two characters to illustrate how the world has changed and how that affects the mission of the church both positively and negatively. On the one hand we have ‘mission marm’ who moved to serve God in the jungle in the 1950s and stayed there until she retired…

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